In his new book Adventure in Everything, Matthew Walker chronicles everything from fatherhood to fitness to focusing in our tech-heavy world. Somehow, he’s able to connect this all to the confidence and boundary pushing he helps others experience as a mountain guide.
Walker discovered how much his clients learned about themselves during long (three- to five-week) mountain treks, and decided to pursue his master’s degree in applied behavioral science so he could help them, and others, find their best lives through his coaching. “You’re really able to connect with others and develop deep relationships when you’re focused on activities of survival, like cooking, climbing and resting. You can apply the lessons you learn on an adventure trip to most other areas of your life,” Walker says.
Don’t have the cash to go on an extended outdoor trip or to hire a personal coach? Here are a few tips from Walker that you can try for free—and with your feet safely planted on the ground!
How can exercise help someone find their best self?
When we exert ourselves and meet challenges, we gain clarity on aspects of life that are most meaningful and support our well-being.
Keep reading to learn what you can do in the next 24 hours to discover more adventure in your life.
Did you know that September is National Self-Improvement Month? Here at FITNESS, we believe everyone can always work on something to make themselves even more awesome, but you have to know how rad you are in the first place! Empowering music is huge in 2011, with artists giving us plenty of inspiring tunes to choose from as we get our sweat on. Check out our favorites below, then tell us what songs inspire you to become the best version of yourself!
- “Born this Way,” Lady Gaga
- “F**kin’ Perfect,” P!nk
- “Firework,” Katy Perry
- “We R Who We R,” Ke$ha
- “Fighter,” Christina Aguilera
- “Express Yourself,” Madonna
- “Raise Your Glass,” P!nk
- “Stronger,” Britney Spears
- “Spotlight,” Patrick Slump
- “Loser Like Me,” Glee Cast
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